Marilyn Meredith has had so many books published, she’s lost track of the count, but it’s getting near 40. She lives in a community similar to the fictional mountain town of Bear Creek, the big difference being that Bear Creek is a thousand feet higher in the mountains. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, and is a board member of Public Safety Writers of America.
Writers are often told to write about what they know, but from the start I wrote about what I didn’t know, including:
Native American Mysticism
Life on an Indian Reservation
Killing People in Diverse Manners
University of California at Santa Barbara’s campus
and I could go on and on.
I’ve also written plenty about what I do know such as:
Day care centers (worked in them.)
Residential care homes (Ran my own.)
People’s Relationships (Have had and observed plenty.)
Police Funerals (Attended my son-in-law’s)
Mountain Communities (Live in one and still visit many others.)
Beach Communities (Lived in one and still visit many others.)
Earthquakes (Been through lots—big and little.)
And again, I could go on and on.
Though it’s easiest to write what you know, these days it isn’t all that hard to find out what you don’t know.
I’ve done plenty of research through books, libraries, and of course the Internet. Places I haven’t been, I’ve researched and I’ve visited. I’ve interviewed people who live in places I have never been. I’ve gone on ride-alongs, and I’ve many friends who were or are still in law enforcement. I live near and visit a nearby Indian reservation.
As I’ve often told people, you can find out almost anything on the Internet.
Add all this to an active imagination, and that’s how I write about what I don’t know. My latest book has a lot about forest fires and fighting them. I am fortunate to have a good friend who is a fire-fighter and shared a lot of information with me for my latest book.
The tranquility of the mountain community of Bear Creek is disrupted by a runaway fugitive, a vicious murderer, and a raging forest fire. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is threatened by all three.
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Headed over to http://www.djadamson.com/le-coeur-de-lartiste tomorrow.